I may have just discovered the greatest hot beverage of all time: Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate. Made with real pumpkin, white chocolate, milk, and all your favorite fall spices, this pumpkin-inspired hot chocolate is a hands-down winner!
Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate:
Most folks know that cool weather and the holiday season are all about hot cocoa (get my hot cocoa mix recipe here) and peppermint hot chocolate, but what about fall? I have a solution! Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate!
I recently confessed on Instagram stories that I’m not a huge fan of the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. I get one every fall and year after year, realize I don’t like it that much. To me, it’s missing that authentic pumpkin and spice flavor I crave. But I think I’ve discovered something to dispell my disappointment: this Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate! It’s everything I want in a PSL…well, minus the coffee. (However, you could easily add a shot of espresso to create a fabulous latte.)
How to Make Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate:
One thing I especially adore about this recipe is that it contains real pumpkin. If you look at the ingredient list on a lot of store-bought “pumpkin” treats, many don’t have a bit of pumpkin in them. Instead, orange food coloring and fall spices are used to give the illusion of pumpkin. In all fairness, I do realize that it’s the spices in pumpkin recipes that provide the seasonal flavor we know, love, and want.
To make this Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate, start by adding milk and white chocolate to a pan on the stove. I used Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers, but feel free to substitute the brand and type of white chocolate you prefer.
Once the mixture is hot (but not boiling) and the chocolate is melted, whisk in the pumpkin, sugar, and all those wonderful spices.
And that’s pretty much it! Your Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate is ready to be served. I decided to heat and serve mine in one of my Staub Pumpkin Cocottes. (I look for any excuse to use them this time of year.) I am in love with this white one, which is usually on display in my kitchen in the fall.
For garnish, I like a dollop of freshly whipped cream. I also sprinkle cinnamon on top and tuck in a cinnamon stick. (I’m especially fond of these longer ones for cocktail garnishes.)
I am not kidding. It is so-o-o delicious!
As I mention in the recipe below (and above), you can create a couple of variations for this drink. One option: Add a shot of espresso to make it a Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate Latte. Another possibility: Add a splash of whipped (or vanilla) vodka and a little Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur to make it a seasonal cocktail.
Right now I’m loving this hot chocolate as is. It’s a delightful treat for autumn entertaining. And if the kids in your life like pumpkin sweets, it makes a tasty drink for them as well!
Looking for more hot seasonal beverages? Try these:
Be sure to give this Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate recipe a try this fall and let me know what you think! (I’m guessing you’re going to enjoy it as much as I do.) Also, if you make any of the flavor variations or come up with your own additions, we’d love to hear about those! You can post the details in the comments below.
Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate Recipe:
- 5 cups milk
- 12 ounces white chocolate baking chips (I used Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers.)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks for garnish
In a 4-quart Dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk, white chocolate, and heavy whipping cream until hot and creamy. Adjust the heat to a very low simmer. Do not boil.
Whisk in the pumpkin puree, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Heat to a comfortable drinking temperature.
In the meantime, beat the whipping cream until it begins to thicken. Add in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Beat until soft peaks form.
Serve the Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate in heatproof mugs. Top with whipped cream, a cinnamon stick, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
Make a Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Latte by adding a shot or two of espresso to your mug.
Spike your Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate with whipped (or vanilla) vodka) and a splash of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur.